The national flag is one of the most important and respected symbols of a country. Usually, the motif depicted on the flag refers to the country´s history or culture. While most of national flags contain various geometrical figures, colors and common symbols, there are flags with surprisingly bizarre things on them. From a naked man beheading another man to machetes and assault rifles, check out these 25 bizarre things found in flags from around the world.
Native to the African savannah, the grey crowned crane takes the center spot in Uganda’s flag. The three colors are representative of the African people (black), Africa’s sunshine (yellow), and African brotherhood (red) and the raised leg of the crane symbolizes the forward movement of the country.
Used since 1974, the national flag of Grenada is bordered with a thick red frame containing 6 yellow stars that stand for the country’s six parishes. The central star, encircled by a red disk, represents Saint George, Grenada’s capital. The strange little symbol on the left is a nutmeg, one of Grenada staples. As far as the flag’s colors are concerned; red stands for courage and vitality; yellow for wisdom and warmth; and green for vegetation and agriculture.
The national flag of Mongolia features 3 vertical bands, one of which holds Mongolia’s national symbol, the soyombo. If you look closely at the symbol, you should be able to recognize representations of fire, sun, moon, earth, water, and the Yin-Yang symbol. The central blue band signifies the sky, while the red bands represent the ability of Mongolia to thrive in its harsh environment.
The world´s dominant oil producer, Saudi Arabia, is another country with a weapon on its national flag. Similar to Libya and other countries, the green background represents Islam and the sword is the symbol of the country´s military power and also of the House of Saud, the founding dynasty of the country. The Arabic inscription placed above the sword is the Shahada – Islamic declaration of faith.
The national flag of Ecuador consists of three colored bands and an extremely complex and intricate coat of arms in the middle. In it, there’s a mountain (Mt. Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador), a river, a steamboat, the sun, spears, both laurel and palm leaves and several other objects related to the country. On top of it all resides a condor which symbolizes the power of Ecuador.